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Charles Schumer
  Senate Minority Leader Schumer News Conference  CSPAN  September 25, 2019 2:48pm-3:00pm EDT

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that is what the separation of powers mean that is what checks and balances are for and that is what today's vote reflects.
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all too often the past two years republicans senators and blind obedience to this president have imposed his worst impulses but those public and senators who voted to buck the president and voted against this wall, to them i say thank you. two senators to me, romney, collins thank you for standing up for the constitution. thank you for showing sense and courage. these republican senators said plain and simple that president trump was wrong and they voted against funding his wall by taking money from the military. the senators that did not vote with us should be ashamed, ashamed they gave cover to this president to trample our constitution and deal from the military. can we get quiet down there,
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please? thank you. but the bipartisan vote today suggests that perhaps my republican colleagues are beginning to rise to the occasion. now, on the transcript. and the ensuing events. earlier this morning president trump released a quote unquote document of his call president zelinski. considering this document with something the white house chose to release but was far more damaging than the presidents case any of us anticipated. in this telephone conversation the president of the united states made an extraordinary request to the president of ukraine to investigate trump's political opponent and aid
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president trumps reelection campaign. does anyone think this conversation was in the national interest? or was it in the president's personal political interests. let me repeat. do any of my republican colleagues think this phone call reflects the presidents pursuing the national interest or was he pursuing his own political ambition? every republican, every one of them needs to answer this question. the document raises a host of new questions that i expect the house impeachment inquiry will seek to answer. here are some of them. to my colleagues believe it's appropriate after the ukrainian president brings up the request for military aid for the president to say i would like you to do us a favor before
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asking him to investigate a right-wing conspiracy theory. president trump mentioned multiple times during the call that he wanted president zelinski to speak with attorney general barr and rudy giuliani. what conversations between giuliani, bar and other ukrainian officials have heard? what did they say? what promises or requests were made by attorney general barr and mr. giuliani. why would the president involve his personal lawyer esther giuliani in what president trump claims was official government business and there are -- was that done to get around him official channels in the state department and elsewhere. there are many more questions and those are just the ones that come from the document we were
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given in this white house has a history of doctoring public disclosures to save the president from embarrassment. if they do it for small things like when they changed the transcript of the white house medication structure say the president quote, thanks into saying he thanks [inaudible] there's no telling what they do in a document as consequential as this one. even with the possibility that the administration doctor left out major sections this document the traits that president trump made it abundantly and redundantly clear to the president of ukraine that he wanted him to investigate his political opponent. further that he wanted him to work with attorney general barr to make it happen.
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this document absolutely validates the wisdom of speaker pelosi's decision to open up formal impeachment inquiry. president trump and his allies and leader mcconnell and leader mccarthy will say this is about politics and of course, they will do what they usually do and accuse them of trying to read litigate 2016. there is no credible or straightfaced reason to believe that. this is about our national security and the integrity of our foreign policy and democratic elections. this is about abuse of power by an overreaching executive, something the founding fathers feared and what they feared at the top of the list was that the overreaching executive would be involved with foreign powers to join us with what happened here in america.
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there should be bipartisan concern about these issues and there should not be democrats or republicans but it should be congressman of either party who are saying we need to look into this and indeed just yesterday every single public and senator said the administration's decision to withhold the whistleblower complaint from congress was wrong. just had a vote were a number of my republican colleagues said the administration was wrong to divert funds from the military to build a wall. so, it is beginning to seem the crescendo of events that republicans are beginning to stand up to the president when he is wrong. that has not happened much in the past. i hope my republican colleagues will see that leader mcconnell's strategy of defending the president at all costs is a losing one but to stand up to
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the rule of law and our democracy. questions. >> senator schumer, what should the senate do at this point? to have to wait for the house to do his work but how we respond spirit there is the senate intelligence committee and senators for and warner have had a good relationship and they should pursue looking into these facts as well. [inaudible question] >> the president is directly involved here. it's pretty clear what has happened and i think as bad as the other stuff was this is even worse. [inaudible question]
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>> it is certainly not on our behalf. we will work on issues without revoking colleagues, even with the president and we believe we need to do something about guns and produce reduce the cost of prescription drugs. the question is will the president work with us given what has happened? we shall see. [inaudible question] >> the cascade of issues and facts that are coming forward is enormous and i do think all along many of our public and colleagues have expressed personal doubts to us privately but i think, more and more, they
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will begin to have to say something publicly. it is just too much. next question. [inaudible question] >> look, we are not up to that yet been at the house do a thorough investigation. let them do in it in a bipartisan way we will see what happens. thank you everybody. >> senior staff writer with the hill, house democrats inquiry and impeachment inquiry less than 24 hours old what can you tell us about where the process goes next in terms of committee hearing? what do they plan? >> guest: we have not seen anything in terms of committee hearings planned yet and we can expect that there will be quite a few in the coming months. nancy pelosi has instructed the six committees investigating president trump on a variety of
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